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Maryland’s Purple Line rail

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The 16-mile Purple Line, which would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, is designed to provide faster and more-reliable east-west transit than buses and connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metrorail system with neighborhoods, MARC commuter rail stations and Amtrak stations.


Hogan’s comments on ‘building roads’ bode ill for the Purple Line

The incoming governor says his priority is “building roads,” not light rail lines.


Battle for Purple Line heats up as Hogan prepares to become Maryland governor

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

Both advocates and opponents of the light-rail plan say they will appeal to the governor-elect’s business sense.

Federal spending bill includes $100 million for Purple Line

If approved, money would be first significant federal construction aid for Maryland light-rail project.


Local digest: O’Malley hires Hyers as a senior adviser

A roundup of news from across the Washington region.

Purple Line bid deadline delayed for Hogan decision

Maryland transit officials say they want to give the governor-elect time to consider the project before accepting bids.


Taxpayer backlash creates major doubts for Columbia Pike streetcar and Purple Line

COLUMN | After elections, the Purple Line and Columbia Pike Streetcar might be in danger.


Riding light rail and streetcars into better communities

(Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Planned streetcars and light rail will improve quality of life in the region.

Timing of Hogan decision on Purple Line could cost Maryland

If the governor-elect waits until after Jan. 9 to make a decision, it could end up costing the state $8 million to cancel bids.